I grew up in St. Louis, but I don't think I've ever lived there. What I mean is that I've never spent more than a few days at a time in St. Louis as an adult. I've never experienced many of the things that make St. Louis the great city that it is. Sure, I've been to plenty of Cardinals and Blues games, and I've been up in the Arch way too many times to count. But there's so much more to St. Louis that I wish I knew. The Hill. The Landing. The Loop. The Rams? If you remember from their engagement session, Bill is the "little" brother of my best friend Joe (the really hairy brother in the group, you'll know it when you see him). Mindy and I both absolutely love the Bubenik family, so obviously it was a huge honor to be there to photograph Maggie + Bill's wedding. It was awesome to catch up with so many old friends too.
We started at Maggie's parents house...
The guys got ready at the church...
As we were scouting out locations, we found this killer little spot sandwiched between a few buildings and a parking garage. We were shooting in the middle of the day, and it was blazing hot, but this little shaded area gave us some great soft light and some relief from the heat.
With the exception of Harrison, the best man, all of these guys are brothers. And they're huge.
Then, across the street, we found the holy grail. This little walkway between two of the buildings had this absolutely killer rainbow awning. And adjacent to that was a great water feature, and some benches, and some shade. It was perfect and really meshes with Maggie + Bill's personalities. They were loving every minute of it, and you could just see both of them relax and come out of their shells a bit. This is them.
Yeah... it was hot.
Joe's daughter Evie was the flower girl, and I swear this little girl cannot get any cuter.
The reception was at The Malt House Cellar, literally one of the coolest spaces I've ever been in. Such a great vibe, with the stone walls and exposed wooden ceilings (it was in the basement), it was an extremely casual reception, but everyone was having a great time (and if you ever go there, you HAVE to try to Beer Cheese Fondue. AH-MAY-ZING).
Maggie + Bill // St. Louis, Missouri // July 9, 2011
Flowers: Emily Testrake
Dress: Blushing Bride
Tuxes: Blossoms Bridal
Ceremony: Hanley Road Baptist Church
Officiant: Jon Hessel
Reception: Malt House Cellar
Caterer: Moulin Events
Cake: The Cakery
DJ: Complete Music
Photobooth: Park Avenue Photographers
Definitely another case of friends-turned-clients-turned-even-better-friends. Congratulations guys.